LIFE IN BALANCE

Wearing brightly-colored dresses, children dance through the labyrinth of shacks and narrow alleys in Kibera, the largest urban slum and one of Africa’s most desperate areas.

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Nairobi's slums, with over 2.5 million people, represent more than half of its population, occupying only 5% of its area. And because of their constant population growth, there is an increase in unemployment, poverty, crime, scarcity of water and infections.
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Due to this heartbreaking scenario, children are the only ones who can afford to dream.
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Project Elimu, translated “knowledge/education” in Swahili, is a non-profit organization based in Kibera where Kenyan founder, and trained dance instructor, Michael has been teaching classical ballet since ‘09. He provides a safe space for children, giving  them opportunities to fulfill their dreams

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The children become accomplished ballerinas, and at the same time discover their strengths.
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“Most of them didn't even know what the word “ballet” meant, but it didn't stop them from discovering their great passion,” says Michael.

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Ballet provides a special path for these children who found “a life in balance” through their craft.

Ballet is so much more than learning dance moves. It is mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

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Ballet provides a great outlet. Ballet has increased their self-worth and has helped these children to realize they can become anything they want to be.

The joy and focus I have seen on their faces tells a story far greater than words could ever express.

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